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Torticollis Treatment

Friday, December 09, 2005

I was in a car accident a few months ago and am experiencing pain as a result of spasmodic torticollis. My drug coverage isn’t that great so I’m looking for an alternative way to treat pain. To address this fully, let’s expound on what torticollis is for the benefit of the general public. General torticollis is basically defined as a stiff neck caused by spasmodic contraction of neck muscles, drawing the head to one side with the chin point to the other side. The muscles affected are primarily those supplied by the spinal accessory nerve. It has a number of causes, but whatever they may be, torticollis can be extremely painful. The spasmodic variation is torticollis with recurrent but transitory contractions of muscles of the neck. There are a number of ways to treat torticollis. Below are a few of them:

  • Medication
  • Botulinum Toxin Injections
  • Surgery
  • Physical Therapy

An effective way to treat pain associated with torticollis is via the use of a TENS Unit. TENS Units provide a safe, non-invasive, drug-free, and addiction-free alternative to prescribed drugs and narcotics with no side-effects. For more information on what a TENS Unit exactly is, read this information page. Due to the area affected by torticollis, the head and neck area, it is advisable to seek a physician’s advice before using a TENS Unit. Hope that helps.


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